Monday, February 6, 2012
CAL FIRE SKU: Pile burning Siskiyou County, west Yreka area to begin.
Pile burning will commence Feb. 7 and continue for up to 30-60 days, until all piles are burned as weather and burn conditions allow. The burning of piles will be conducted by CAL FIRE crews.
“The Fire Safe Council of CAL FIRE County (FSCSC), in partnership with CAL FIRE, the Yreka Area Fire Safe Council, the U.S. Forest Service and the Yreka Fire Department have constructed a fuel break/shaded fuel break on lands located in west Yreka. These fuel breaks will help make homes and properties more fire safe in the event of a wildfire,” stated a press release from the FSCSC.
On July 19, 2006, the Humbug Fire burned 22 acres in close proximity to homes in this location, sparking concern for the possibility of a future catastrophic fire because of the dense brush-loaded landscape. The FSCSC, with urging from its partners, wrote a grant funded by the U.S. Forest Service to address the removal of hazardous vegetation for fire safety in Siskiyou County including the west Yreka area.
Already completed in west Yreka is roadway clearance for ingress and egress and defensible space in the Shasta View Subdivision off of Greenhorn Road. This project was well appreciated and not only made the subdivision more firesafe but also improved the aesthetics of the landscape and homes located there.
For more information about what the Fire Safe Councils do, visit www.firesafesiskiyou.org or visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Fire-Safe-Council-of-Siskiyou-County
****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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